John P. Hubbard, M.D., F.A.C.P.; Edithe J. Levit, M.D., F.A.C.P.; G. Octo Barnett, M.D., F.A.C.P.; Stephen E. Goldfinger, M.D., F.A.C.P.; James J. Dineen, M.D.; Barbara B. Farquhar; Charles F. Schumacher, Ph.D.
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New and better methods to evaluate the clinical competence of physicians are urgently needed. Specialty boards are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the time-honored oral examination. The public and the profession are voicing doubts about the once-and-forever certification of the specialist. Specialty boards are moving toward periodic reevaluation and recertification.
How should the needs for more effective, valid, and reliable evaluation of the clinical competence of physicians in generalized or specialized practice be met? As one answer to this question, the National Board of Medical Examiners has undertaken a pilot project with the Massachusetts General Hospital Laboratory of Computer Science and
Hubbard JP, Levit EJ, Barnett GO, et al. Computer-Based Evaluation of Clinical Competence.. Ann Intern Med. 1970;72:776–777. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-72-5-776_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;72(5):776-777.
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